• Martin Showell posted an update 1 week ago

    “In my view, the procedure of using time allocation for electoral law, doing it quickly and without the consent of the other political parties, is the kind of dangerous application of electoral practices that we are more likely to find in Third World countries.”– Stephen Harper, Nov 26 1996 – Speech in the HoC

    And yet in 2014 Harper’s…[Read more]

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    • THe Liberal, NDP and Green should cooperate to put forward the best candidate in Poillievre’s riding.

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      • Yes, it’s critical that during the next federal election, cooperation must occur amongst the 3 opposition parties: the LPC, the NDP, and the Green party. That cooperation should not just be restricted to Poillievre’s riding. Instead it should be extended to any ridings in which vote-splitting could lead to a Conservative victory. If the LPC…[Read more]

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      • Not only cooperation, but working as a single block to let everybody voices be heard by the conservatives. They had seem to are forgive that opposition is a NORMAL PART of the government and that they have the right, nay the duty to let their opinions being listen by the party in place even if they represent the majority of the votes. It is a…[Read more]

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      • Not only cooperation, but working as a single block to let everybody voices be heard by the conservatives. They had seem to are forgive that opposition is a NORMAL PART of the government and that they have the right, nay the duty to let their opinions being listen by the party in place even if they represent the majority of the votes. It is a…[Read more]

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      • Not only cooperation, but working as a single block to let everybody voices be heard by the conservatives. They had seem to are forgive that opposition is a NORMAL PART of the government and that they have the right, nay the duty to let their opinions being listen by the party in place even if they represent the majority of the votes. It is a…[Read more]

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    • I’ve noticed this too. The vouching is the smallest problem with this legislation. The transferal of investigative powers to a department that reports to the government and not parliament is one of the biggest. Increasing the amount of money that can be spent or donated is also a big problem.

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      • … and the new rules for what effects campaign spending limits which also works to the CPC’s advantage.

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      • Not only cooperation, but working as a single block to let everybody voices be heard by the conservatives. They had seem to are forgive that opposition is a NORMAL PART of the government and that they have the right, nay the duty to let their opinions being listen by the party in place even if they represent the majority of the votes. It is a…[Read more]

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    • Totally agree, and yet the thing that really got me involved in politics was being told I wasn’t allowed to vote. (School Board trustees, totally not relevant except for being told I wasn’t allowed to vote.) My son will be disenfranchised by this bill. But as much as he humours me by talking politics, I know damn well he hasn’t voted. We…[Read more]

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    • I totally agree with you. It’s as if the Liberals have nothing to say and have no ideas. They seem absent from the conversation and devoid of any substantive position. In their absence of any comments they appear to agree with the proposed elections act.

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      • Gerry Chamberland, I’ve signed up to receive email alerts each time my MP, Ted Hsu, speaks in the House (alerts@contact.openparliament.ca). He has repeatedly and convincingly spoken, condemning this unfair elections act. (Most recent posting was April 11.) As powerful as his voice has become, the fact is this unjust government can, and will…[Read more]

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      • Gerry … that is simply not true. The LPC has been adamant and consistent in their opposition to the Unfair Elections Act. Just about every caucus member has spoken out and/or written something against this legislation Justin Trudeau has challenged Harper to call a free vote on it and he has promised to repeal the legislation “in its entirety”…[Read more]

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        • Martin…I am an avid reader of news whether in paper format or the internet. What I read is what is read by the population and not from the Liberal newsroom. My concern, while I am aware of the position from the Liberals, is that the “average” person does not see most of what the Liberals as saying. However, we do see lots from the NDP and…[Read more]

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          • Well then Gerry, you must have seen/read the DOZENS of articles covering Justin’s announcement that appeared in every major newspaper and many regional one’s last week or any of a number of articles and op-ed pieces from the previous weeks since the legislation was introduced.

            Or do you need me to post the links for you?

            There is also the LPC…[Read more]

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            • Hmmm you have in one fell swoop done a Harper on me. Here I am a Liberal supporter who is an avid news junky as it relates to politics, and you as much call me an idiot and expect me to follow the party line. You could have said the same thing and indicated that this is a concern. The statement is, by MY reading, quite true. It may not be to…[Read more]

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              • Are you comparing me to Harper? What a childish response to a valid argument.

                And I never called you an idiot at all Gerry, I merely pointed out that your statement was completely untrue. The LPC HAS made numerous statements condemning the Unfair Elections Act. I just don’t know how you missed them all and can make the statement that we have not…[Read more]

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                • You again missed the points altogether. But then again, I am childish that way. Imagine, at my age. And I don’t need to defend anything. I was commenting based on MY observation and not yours. An example of the lack of message was when a poll was take just last week. The findings showed that only 20% of those polled knew anything about the…[Read more]

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                  • Yes Gerry, associating me with Harper just because I disagree with you is surprising from someone your age. Kind of like schoolyard name-calling.

                    Anyway Gerry, can you provide a link to that poll please? The only polls on the subject that I am aware of are an Angus Reid Global poll from February 21 that shows only 20% were aware of the fair…[Read more]

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      • Perhaps Gerry missed the news on April 8th and 9th.
        Last week Trudeau pledged he would repeal the Fair Elections Act if he becomes Prime Minister. It was widely reported beginning on April 8th and mostly on April 9th, 2014.
        - The Globe & Mail,
        - CBC,
        - Toronto Star,
        - CTV News,
        - Huffington Post,
        - Cambridge Times
        - News Ontario

        Also … the [Read more]

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        • Douglas, this is more like it. Social grace awareness. Yes I did read some of those articles and also partook of the Un-Fair Elections Act protest put on by the Liberals and others, on the internet. I guess what I am really saying is that given the propensity of the Conservatives to promote on a continuous basis through ongoing campaigns, it may…[Read more]

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          • Gerry, so now you acknowledge that the Liberals DO have a SUBSTANTIVE position. And you acknowledge that this position was FULLY KNOWN TO YOU and was WIDELY publicized BEFORE you wrote your mistaken comment attacking the LPC. Why did you write it then?

            Please explain to us all, why you chose to write the following KNOWING FULL WELL it was not…[Read more]

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            • Trudeau has said the LPC would repeal the FAA if (or when) we form the government. Mulcair has said the NDP would fight the next election over the legislation. To me, the NDP’s position is stronger and clearer. A party can promise anything it wants to get elected, and, really, what parts of the Act would be repealed (because there are some good…[Read more]

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              • Justin was VERY specific in his new conference: “… if I become Prime Minister, I will repeal, in its entirety, these changes to elections Canada…”.

                (http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/trudeau-would-repeal-proposed-elections-bill-1.1768254)

                VERY CLEAR … but I understand, Peter … it has nothing to do with the environment so you probably ignored it.…[Read more]

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                • Martin, you are far too thin-skinned for politics, I don’t know why you bother. I guess you saw your name in a comment I made to Gerry and thought you just had to defensively respond, and negatively of course in reference to me not the subject matter.
                  What Trudeau said, that he would “repeal in its entirety these changes to Elections Canada”…[Read more]

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                  • Here’s Mulcair’s “propaganda” as reported by the Canadian Press :
                    HALIFAX — NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says with an election 18 months away, he’s focusing on the federal government’s election act overhaul.

                    He says the hotly debated legislation should be the focus of the next campaign because it could undermine the rules of democracy.

                    Mulcair…[Read more]

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                    • Yes, I saw that statement from the NDP convention. It occurred just before Mulcair’s personal attack on Justin Trudeau.

                      Unfortunately that is all he has said on the subject of making it the focus of the campaign. He still has yet to explain (even to his own party) what that means exactly – I was hoping you had some insight – I guess not.

                      So, I…[Read more]

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                  • On the contrary Peter, I have a very thick skin. Your repeated, childish attacks against me personally are not the reason I feel compelled to respond to your comments, rather it is the inaccuracy and tired old propaganda against my party that drive me to point out how wrong you are. Please feel free to continue to your troll-like attacks on me…[Read more]

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    • Martin. I am getting totally frustrated and upset with ID that verifies address. It has made changing my address much more difficult than it had to be.

      I fiscally live in a rural area, Google maps and other mapping software only can find location if I input the closest town (on a native reserve). My mailing address is a PO box in a general…[Read more]

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      • Thanks for that Rick. The CBC and some other news agencies (particularly the Globe & Mail) are doing their best to get the message out with these concise synopses of the Unfair Elections Act.

        Unfortunately, when I watch or read QP and in most of the public statements both the LPC and NDP seem too focused on just the “vouching’ clauses. When we…[Read more]

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        • Martin, It is nice the LPC has aggressively attacking the “Unfair Elections Act”. I agree with 100% of what you are saying.

          Firstly, I wish our leaders wouldn’t use the phrase “if I am elected, I will cancel (repeal)….” it always comes out, like we think everyone else is dumb and they are making decisions off the cuff.
          Just sounds bad to…[Read more]

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    • While I value your input I do find your lack of social graces is only exceeded by your disdain of opposing views. Martin, it is MY opinion and My take on things based on My observation. One could make the argument that I am guilty of not being fully informed or in error when it comes to interpretation but to imply a conscious lying is beyond the…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 3 days, 5 hours ago

    Wouldn’t it be nice to establish a temporary relationship with a person who, because of their previous circumstances are eager to please, and who, when you are ”done” with them, you can just brush off knowing there are plenty more out there where that one came from. Guess what I am referring to.

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    • Oh well, no takers. I was referring to Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs). IMV, we need a government/business structure that is willing to make a long-term commitment to employing Canadian workers first. The government can make it easier for business to hire Canadians by making it less tempting to hire TFWs.
      Here is an example. FACT: A business…[Read more]

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    • i heard that some do not have to pay payroll taxes fo the first year do you know anything about that

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      • No I do not. I do know that TFWs pay Canadian income tax on their income earned in Canada. (On the other hand, if I was a TFW with a one year permit I would hope that it started on a July 1st.)
        I do want to say though that the TFW program is a wonderful way to provide for people from poorer countries. By the same token it is wonderful that we…[Read more]

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  • #cannabis To quote today’s Telegraph: “Even casual use of cannabis alters brain, warn scientists. Experimenting with cannabis on a casual basis damages the brain permanently, research has found. People who had only used cannabis once or twice a week for a matter of months were found to have changes in the brain that govern emotion, motivation…[Read more]

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    • I guess we should be equally concerned then with caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco, given that all of these substances can be regarded as mind altering substances. If we were to regulate everything on earth that could adversely affect us, their would likely be very little left at all.

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    • The study was funded by The National Institute on Drug abuse and is therefore self serving. It is noted that these same users use alcohol which is a known brain damaging drug. Also the US government patented Cannibinoids as neuroprotectants. I’m not disputing that the abuse of many substances can harm the brain and body but one must question why…[Read more]

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    • I’d like to comment on the comments. The Liberal Party is a self-confessed “evidence based” party, which presumably means it will follow the evidence wherever that takes it. That is not an easy thing to do, because the evidence all too often conflicts with our – not to mention the voters’ – beliefs. Speaking of that conflict, the science – or…[Read more]

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      • The study doesn’t give evidence of harmful effects. Talk about red hearings. Now we’re using Fukishma in the equation.

        I do agree on climate change though.

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  • Peter Haley posted an update 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    #environment-2 hard to believe that the environment isn’t front and centre with this party. we seem to back most pipeline projects which will transport oil sands to foreign markets, almost like we got away for years with exporting asbestos and taking no responsibility for the negative impacts. I find it harder and harder to support a party…[Read more]

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    • What would satisfy you though?[no snark] A Carbon tax? A national energy plan that laid out clear bench mrks for transitioning away from oilsands? Or do you want more?
      I really can’t see any responsible govt just shutting down the oil sands.[ we'd have a western separatist movement up and running in under 5 years.[Harper would doubtless be…[Read more]

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      • That’s a very good comment, Ken. I feel we’re becoming like the USA, where politicians KNOW that The Affordable Health Care Act is good for their citizens and an absolute for the country (once the bugs have been cleaned out), but won’t stand by it because of a personal fear of not being re-elected. Canadians weren’t like that, we knew what…[Read more]

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        • very interesting article on “grist” today on the financial risks of climate change, from the business sector: agriculture, public health, energy systems, coastal infrastructure, and labor productivity. must say I hadn’t even considered “labour productivity” with questions regarding what happens to the construction industry with extremes in…[Read more]

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      • What would satisfy me, for a start, would be put out the truth to the Canadian public about what percent of our economy is fossil fuel extraction based–much less than the industry ads have everyone believing. Then emphasize how many jobs are being created worldwide in the renewable energy industry. Then endorse truth-telling about the enormous…[Read more]

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        • Some great ideas there Susan, and using BC as the blueprint seems good to me. I am well aware, though, that many turn off when they hear carbon tax, and all the doom and gloom about climate change. I think any reasonable person would agree that we must do something though, and lead on the issue not just follow. It needs a rebranding (hate to…[Read more]

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  • Peter Haley posted an update 2 days, 2 hours ago

    #environment-2 from a man always a little ahead of his time…to another of his time:

    “For the first time ever, a former U.S. president has come out against the Keystone XL pipeline.

    The ex-president in question is Jimmy Carter.

    The 39th president joined a group of Nobel laureates to sign a letter urging the current commander-in-chief to…[Read more]

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  • Gerald Green posted an update 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    #health With the USA implementing the #Affordable Care Act, can we allow Canadians to continue to be denied access to health care services? The Canada Health Act specifies universal access to health care.

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    • Not everyone can have a doctor/colleague by ones side, like the late Jim Flaherty. In fact thousands of citizens have poor access to health care services, have to travel large distances in rural Canada or do not have a family doctor. Is this fair? Is this universal access? Is anyone interested in this issue?

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  • #environment-2
    A risk assessment of climate change would include at minimum the impact on agriculture, energy systems, public health, coastal infrastructure, labour production. Let the party commission this assessment, the costs involved vis a vis better positioning of a new industrial (green) revolution. Harper won’t do it, it’s there for us…[Read more]

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  • I’m looking at our defence in all angles, we should have more updates about Ukraine derangement so we can understand what’s Mr Putin is up to?

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    • Hi John, I specialize on them when I was at the university in history of international affairs. You have to think like them to realy understand them.
      Their first interest is to protect the rodina (country) and/or what they think is part of it (Ukraine) and a lot of small Ural countries. They stick with their former allies (Bulgaria and the…[Read more]

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  • Senate panel to push for changes to proposed fair elections act

    Oh my … Is the Canadian Senate actually working in this case? It seems even the Conservative Senators can’t stomach the Unfair Elections Act as put forward by the government.

    Unfortunately, I have become so cynical of my government that I can’t help but wonder if we’re being…[Read more]

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    • Martin I am afraid, we are being played.
      Opposition parties have limited time to make “points” on the government.
      Vouching, it appears, they felt, would be a winner with the public. Maybe a big mis-calculation.

      If you remember, the conservatives usually announce bills in a flurry. That spreads the opposition focus, lets questions go un-asked…[Read more]

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      • Possibly … as I said, I’m still trying to figure out this senate response. Is it that these conservative senators are actually rejecting the bill of their own accord? Or is it more designed as an “off-ramp” for Poilievre and Harper to make the changes being demanded by … everyone … without appearing to directly give in to opposition…[Read more]

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  • #environment Is this an indicator that public will can’t be bought by big oil spending?

    http://www.vancouverobserver.com/news/enbridge-loses-kitimat-plebiscite-northern-gateway-breaking-news

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    • Yep, a good sign. Sent those guys $20 myself. It’s worth remembering that plebiscite did not include the local FNs. Which apart from being a bit of a slight, was itself telling. I heard Enbridge trucked ”volunteers” from Calgary for that, as well as a big pot of money. Those guys have no shame.

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  • Alan Donnell posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    GREAT GREAT news for global warming and the environment, though not so good for Canada in general and Alberta in particular. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of The Telegraph explains:
    Global solar dominance in sight as science trumps fossil fuels
    Solar power will slowly squeeze the revenues of petro-rentier regimes in Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.…[Read more]

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    • Thank you Alan for this extremely good and realistic in depth comment.
      The problem is that we have to devise policies to deal with the need of oil until we get to the point in time quoted by Sheikh Ahmed-Zaki Yamani.
      We have to decide where we stand with the planned pipelines to the West Coast and how to deal with their approval.
      As a party, we…[Read more]

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  • #Senate_Renewal was a Gordian Knot that Justin has recently severed with one bold incisive act. While the final form is yet to be worked out senate renewal is now a viable proposition. I, however, do not see value in excluding myself and other interested parties from examining this issue, presenting various options (some whose only value is they…[Read more]

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    • Just as we see a need for improvement for conduct and debate in the house, there is a need for improvement in the senate. As the saying goes we don’t want to throw out the baby with the bath water. However a good cleansing is in order. While we may have been distracted by the egregious behaviours of a few who went too far with their overblown…[Read more]

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    • As the Quebec election showed, Canadians are not really in a mood to refashion the constitution or debate the constitution which includes the Senate. Canadians get upset over unethical and illegal behavior whose ultimate purpose is to feather their own individual nest by fleecing the rest of us. That being said, if the Senate disappeared…[Read more]

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      • The brilliance of Justin’s move is that it circumvents constitutional debate. This is an asset of being young and entering the political scene with a fresh mind. I agree that if the senate disappeared tomorrow it would not be missed. I’m sure this disaster would be praised as a cost saving move that cuts out political patronage.

        The point about…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 week, 6 days ago

    #website My EDA is listed as Essex on the website.
    I am in Bruce Grey Owen Sound

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    • Count yourself lucky that your riding is at least in Canada. (LOL)
      Is your riding one of those affected by boundary changes?

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    • Bill
      You should be able to change that.
      • At the top of THIS page, click ”My Profile”
      • On THAT page, click ”Edit” (in the ’blue menu bar’)
      • Scroll down – See ’Riding’ – Make the change
      • Scroll to the bottom of the page
      • Click ;save’
      That will cost you a beer at the next Biennial
      Best, Gregg Guptill

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      • Thanks, Gregg, that is useful information. Unfortunately there are a number of ridings in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec that don’t show up in the menu yet.

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        • Thanks. I didn’t realize I was listed as Hamilton Mountain until this thread. I’m in Kitchener Centre or Waterloo.

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        • The Bruce Grey Owen Sound number changed from 35026 to 3501 as a result of the 2013 Redistribution (and also as a result that in the last Redistribution our number was assigned on an alphabetical basis assuming that our riding name was going to be Grey Bruce Owen Sound). My assumption is that LPC has changed the drop-down list numbers but has not…[Read more]

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    • I had a similar problem. I think it was a glitch. Easy to fix under your profile.

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    What if my wife and I went to vote and my wife forgot her purse? What if i said, “This is my wife”. What if several people in the room damn well knew it? Under the new proposed rules she could not vote. That’s ridiculous.
    We need to make voting a good-feeling experience, not be saying, “Who the hell are you?” and then saying “Prove it!”…[Read more]

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    • I have participated in many elections at all levels and, especially in the country-side where one has to drive to get to the polling station, people often arrive without their wallet and are vouched for. Some people in the last election tried to make an issue of having to show ID. My sense was that most of them were “I only vote conservative”…[Read more]

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    • My mp (Bevington NDP ) is starting to make an issue of this here in the north, where many people know each other on sight. We may be faced with the ludicrous possibility of turning friends and neighbours away from the polls if they require someone to vouch for them – something that is a common occurence. Many of our citizens are FNs, and they…[Read more]

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    • The last federal election my husband, daughter and I went to the polling station together. They told our daughter her id was not sufficient and could not vote. She had her voting card and her U of T id card with picture. The person working at the next station said “that is my neighbour. They have been for almost 20 years”. She vouched for our…[Read more]

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      • This is exactly what we need, stories from people who were able to vote in the last election because of the vouching process.

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    • I’m actually a bit concerned about how I will be able to vote. I do not hold a driver’s license or any other government issued ID that contains both my picture and my address. I have worked very hard to eliminate all paper correspondence from banks etc. and receive all bills electronically. Based on the list of acceptable documents proving…[Read more]

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      • Report after report have shown the real problem is the people working at the polling stations do not fill out the vouching forms properly. This is a problem with the way they are being trained. Why should you or my daughter lose their vote because of improper training?
        Harper and P.P. are using this as an excuse to prevent certain groups from…[Read more]

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        • I suspect that, as in the case of your daughter, that it is kind of ridiculous to cross all the t’s and dot all the i’s for every vouching process. Now, if someone seems suspicious, that is a different case. In other words, there has to be some discretion!
          Observers are allowed to view the process. Why not offer “private detectives” $100…[Read more]

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  • Bill Moses posted an update 1 week ago

    Canadians who will be 18 years of age or older on polling day and who are in a correctional institution or a federal penitentiary in Canada may vote by special ballot. Once an election is called, a staff member in each institution is appointed as a liaison officer and helps prisoners register and vote. The liaison officer can answer your questions…[Read more]

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    • I agree that prisoners should be able to vote. One thing is that it helps with their reintegration back into society. Why, though, are we making it harder for an ordinary citizen to vote rather than a person who is incarcerated?

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  • Ken Cunningham posted an update 1 week ago

    http://www.ipolitics.ca/2014/04/10/poilievres-attack-on-mayrand-smells-like-panic/

    What did Sherlock Holmes say…when you’ve exhausted all the other possibilities, you have to consider what you’re left with, no matter how improbable.( close enough anyway)
    By the merest coincidence the CPC’s own private network(sun media) and mouth piece(…[Read more]

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    • Very interesting take. It makes sense too. I was wondering why Poilievre would go to such extremes to attack Marc Mayrand specifically. It doesn’t make any sense to single him out for attacks. Attacking just one of the thousands of politicians, political scientists, academics, and interested parties that have slammed this unfair (and probably…[Read more]

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  • John cormier posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    Observing the news of Russia and Ukraine, Marc Garneau and John Kerry are taking the proper action by applying sanction, it is the only to make President Valdamir Putin get to his right senses again.
    When you call to the power of the world for one man or UN, this one man becomes antisocial and his hands get tide . I’m sure he will prove himself…[Read more]

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    • Hi John,
      Marc Garneau and John Kerry have reason on the fact that NOBODY should permit a country to invade another one; watever their reasons can be. Unfortunately, China did the same thing with Tibet and it is still a reality even now. They can say it was part of their country at a certain time; but if every country would do the same thing,…[Read more]

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    • John Kerry said they will be brought to justice for the invasion of Ukraine.
      Ukraine will not prosecute pro-Russian according to the latest news, then there be no justice for taking the life of dozen. There can only be justice if John Kerry and Marc Garneau and the United Nation enforce Interpol. This will be the first thing on the agenda for us…[Read more]

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  • #non-adversarial_politics

    ‘Non-adversarial politics’ is an oxymoron. The British parliamentary system is an adversarial model and parliamentary exchanges do serve an essential function. Good policy does require that all factors are considered. It is important to debate the issues and examine and critique proposals.

    When I attended Liberal…[Read more]

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    • When politics is reduced to every party bashing every idea from every other party, we all lose. And that’s pretty much where we’re heading, if not what we have now.

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      • It seems that the attitude toward the idea depends in part on whether the presenter is a Liberal, Conservative, NDPer, CEO, lawyer, doctor or joker. Should we be presenting ideas of what the majority wants rather than what benefits corporate or professional interests?

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        • May I propose a name for people that seek corporate or professional interests. Lobbyists, perhaps?
          … just wondering, who lobby’s for interests of the electorate?
          Here is a radical idea. How about we have fair and open elections and elect one representative in each riding? #BurstTheOttawaBubble

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          • Is there any interest in limiting the influence of corporate and professional lobbies who donate money?

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            • If I understand the rules, professional lobbies cannot donate money to political parties.

              Is it only Individual that can donate now, with a reasonable limit of about $1,200? Is there exceptions that I am not aware of?

              http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&document=index&dir=lim&lang=e

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              • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and its individual members donate to political parties. The College lobbies Queen’s Park to get what it wants. The College refuses to obey legislation that requires it to issue transitional licenses to international medical doctors. Is there a connection? Are there other examples? Do we need…[Read more]

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            • The problem as I see it would be to properly identify and differentiate between actual lobbyists and “friends.” Who approaches who and how. As noted previously in a similar vein, should our political system continue on it’s present course we will end up like the neighbors to the south where it appears that a bill is argued or bashed not because…[Read more]

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    • The purpose of debate should be to enhance clarification or an understanding. To employ an opportunity to offer constructive comment to “bash” an opponent turns debate into a bully tactic.

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      • Agree. Debate as an airing of a variety of ideas. Have you seen nomination meetings where voters show little interest in the candidates’ ideas?

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      • There is “adversarial” debate and then there is “exploratory” debate. In the latter the idea is to not to attack a proposal but to make it more adequate. The latter is not another format but another mindset. It is a debate among people with a common interest, producing policy or legislation that meets the desires or needs of all Canadians.

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        • I think that all of us would like to see the exploratory debate in the HofC. However it would appear that the art of debate is somewhat lost to the conservatives. Especially during question period where it seems, from the little that I have watched, that when the conservatives rise to respond to a question it is de rigueur to include a personal…[Read more]

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          • I was impressed by the comments of Heather Albritton. Bullies are self-serving individuals and Harper and Company are no exception. They with intent deliberately employ bully tactics for which spouses, teachers, caregivers and schoolyard bullies would called to task. Yet in politics and especially the House of Commons, bully tactics not only goes…[Read more]

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        • I see that ideal debate is shown in a court of law. Each side puts forth its position strongly. The judge does not allow disrespect, ad hominem attacks, or rudeness against the lawyers or the clients. Many members of parliament are lawyers. How can we get them to debate in parliament the way they do in court?

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          • I would think then that as you suggest it, the Speaker of the House would be the one to act as the judge in court as described in your example. Yesterday I watched question period in both the British House as well as the Canadian one again and noticed two things in the British house that differed that might tend to enhance debate. The first was…[Read more]

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            • Good ideas, Heather. Many changes would help. How about also encouraging humorous debate amongst the jokers in the House? This would soften the criticism and attract a large audience looking to be entertained. Some politicians are bigger jokers than professional comedians. I am thinking of John Crossbees’ calling Sheila Copps, “tequila…[Read more]

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              • Then instead of question period we could call it “Open Mike Night” or perhaps “Open Steve Night” and if his jokes fail he could play the piano and sing and turn it all into a musical comedy. If Justin isn’t up to singing in response he could bring in The Canadian Beaver Band http://www.youtube.com/user/CanadianBeaverBand LOL

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                • It is the job of the speaker to ensure decorum. In Alberta students wrote to the speaker to express their dismay concerning the level of verbal abuse they witnessed during their field trip to the legislative assembly. This is where pressure needs to start and continue until things change on a permanent basis.

                  The key issue is not that the…[Read more]

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  • Justin Trudeau called for a free vote on the “Unfair” Elections Act and promises to repeal the Act if he is elected prime minister in 2015

    “This elections act is designed to help Conservatives get re-elected. But I am confident that, yet again, Mr. Harper has misjudged Canadians and that the frustration and the outrage at having their rights…[Read more]

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